A very shocking number but quite believable. A study on diabetes was conducted and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on September 8th, 2015. It reports that nearly half of the adults in the United States are either diabetic or pre-diabetic.
I myself unfortunately toy around with the “betes” by walking on the prediabetic line. I have a strong family history of diabetes from both parental sides and I love the sweets. Also almost every adult in my family is dealing with diabetes in some way.
Recently, my mother had the fear of God placed in her from her doctor which luckily scared her straight. She was warned that if she didn’t get her lifestyle together she would cross the line into “Betesville” and would take medication for the rest of her life. Mom kicked it into gear real quick. She cut her carbs, lost some weight and is free of diabetes medication. Go mom!!!
Diabetes: Do you know your numbers?
This got me thinking about my own fate with diabetes. The past 3 to 4 years while studying medicine my fitness level and diet has gone to crap. Ironic right? I’m learning how to save lives and yet I’m sacrificing my own health. The reality is medical students sit and study ALL DAY LONG. We are always stressed and sleep deprived. These conditions make it hard to make good lifestyle choices.
Over the summer I decided to do an elimination diet to identify which foods disagree with my digestive tract. As I researched, the plan kinda morphed into lets see what foods affect my blood glucose levels. Now I want to see which foods spike my blood sugar.
In the mist of finding my baseline, I realized my glucose readings were falling into the pre-diabetic range. WTH!!!
This was my fasting blood glucose level. The prediabetes range is 100 to 125 mg/dL. I was shocked. At first I thought, “this has to be a mistake”. So, I tried it again and got the same result. My blood work from a year ago fell within normal limits but I know a lot can change in a year. But, how could this be?
As I sat contemplating, I’m remembered all those days I ate pizza for dinner while I studied and all the times I took a coffee break with a pack of peanut butter M&Ms. Oh yeah, and that Mexican binge I just had. Ok, yeah….. It’s right. Dammit, those days of eating what I want without consequences is long gone.
I continued to test my fasting blood glucose for a week and after 5 days I finally started seeing normal ranges. Please note, this is by no way a replacement for having my actual blood work done and analyzed by my physician. My home glucose readings is for me to use to figure out how foods affect my body chemistry.
Getting It Together
Lucky for me, there’s no motivation like the threat of being prediabetic. The very same day I got my ish together started low carbing and the elimination diet was in full affect. I’ve eliminated all processed foods and I’m a down to the basics. I eat lots of non starchy veggies, berries, nuts, seeds, good fats, and some lean meats. I even cut out dairy. EEK!!!
The plan is to introduce foods I love one at a time after 30 days. I’ll test my blood glucose after each introduction while checking for digestion intolerance. The goal is to figure out which foods spike my glucose levels and which ones don’t. I maybe able to handle my beloved peanut butter M&Ms if I can figure out the portion to keep me in an acceptable range.
I’ve always known that food affects everyone differently. I urge everyone to try this themselves. If you’re interested, follow me and my journey and share your experiences with me. I’ll post some of the meals I make, like the one pictured here. These are grilled lemon-lime chicken wings made on the George Foreman Grill and a salad tossed in coconut lime dressing.
Tell me what you think!
Striving to make practical changes for healthier lifestyle.